InternetNZ chews over defamation planning again

In the wake of the defamation case finding against former ISP manager Alan Brown, InternetNZ members have erupted into another episode of blame-fixing for the sorry affair.

In the wake of the defamation case finding against former ISP manager Alan Brown, InternetNZ members have erupted into another episode of blame-fixing for the sorry affair.

InternetNZ member Lin Nah last week resurrected a batch of late 1999 emails allegedly between former InternetNZ chairman Peter Dengate Thrush and other officers of the society, which she claims shows Dengate Thrush, while chairman, initiated the action. This, she says, demonstrates a conflict of interest beween the Internet Society (as it was then) and domain name management company Domainz.

Most of the swag of emails have been posted before, and the matters discussed before at length, but there are a few additions in the latest relitigation of the affair. Nah says the messages were passed to her by an anonymous source.

This has brought criticism from councillors, both of the source, for hiding his/her identity, and of Nah for passing the message on.

Frank March, former secretary of the Internet Society (Isocnz), which became InternetNZ, seeks again to clarify matters. March is claimed to be part of the group that initiated the action.

"For the record, again, I was present at a meeting on December 23, 1999 which discussed if action against Alan Brown was justified and whether ISOCNZ should be involved in the action. No decision was taken at that meeting, and could not have been, as a council decision would have been required," he says.

There were further discussions among councillors, says March, but "this matter was not considered formally by council until its March 2000 meeting and the minutes of that meeting record the outcome."

To judge from recent postings to the mailing list, the matter now seems once again to have calmed down.

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